McKee's charter school plan benefits no one but himself

McKee's charter school plan benefits no one but himself

The mayor's proposal to destroy Currier-Chace Park to build a charter school will likely ring the death knell for the rejuvenation of Valley Falls just as many positive things are happening in the Valley, centered on the rebirth of the Blackstone River.

Soon migratory fish will return upriver signaling a healthy environment, the bike path is enjoyed by many, and people have discovered it is a great place to fish, canoe, and kayak.

In addition, the 1818 Valley Falls Mill owned by Central Falls is slated to undergo a rehabilitation process thanks to historic grants.

Plans include restaurants, a brew-pub, a fresh water aquarium, art space and a museum. Another attraction is the River Boat Explorer, and soon we look forward to the Blackstone River Valley becoming a National Historic Park.

It is hard to believe that while most communities are seeking revenue sources for their cities and towns, our mayor is abandoning Valley Falls and the people who live there and the businesses that rely on the daily Broad Street traffic.

The mayor is attempting to destroy Currier Park, a 1.29-acre park built by the state to enhance our historic 1894 Town Hall setting, and provide a place for families to relax and kids to play.

The mayor's intention to build a second charter school adds nothing of value to the people of Cumberland, except perhaps to the mayor's resume.

His contention that only kids from Central Falls use the park is questionable and not a valid reason to destroy this very popular park that is busy on a daily basis.

Many people believe the reason for the school across from the Town Hall is to block access to the Town Hall. Without access, the building will be obsolete and the mayor will then get his third shot at building a new Town Hall in the Monastery, in spite of Ordinance No. 04-28, which protects this property from any future construction.

His first attempt at building on the Monastery was for a golf course.

His second attempt was placed on hold, when his $4,800 survey upset many citizens.

Now with less than a year to go, the mayor is looking out the back window at Cumberland and we the people should not have to live with decisions made by a mayor on his way out the door.

Frank Geary

Cumberland